One of the great things about our Whiskey Wednesdays is that you get to sample expensive bourbons that you might not necessarily buy a full bottle of. This helps you know more about a wide variety of bourbons, grow your palate, and experience more mash bills.

Whiskey Wednesday - Angel's Envy Port Finish, Angel's Envy Cask Strength

Also, Whiskey Wednesday lets you sometimes compare and contract similar bourbons in a battle of bourbons. Which one do you like more? Which can you not stand to drink?

Such is this week’s Whiskey Wednesday. We are featuring Angel’s Envy Port versus Angel’s Envy Cask Strength. The cask strength is a very exclusive and rare bottle that retails at $189.99 a bottle and $40 a pour. $20 for a 1/2 ounce of each is a great deal! Join us from 5-8 on Wednesday August 23, 2017 to see which one you like the most! Here’s what the distillery has to say about them both:

Angel’s Envy Port

Angel’s Envy Kentucky Straight Bourbon is finished in port wine casks for an award-winning spirit. We guide each batch’s conditioning, blending our handcrafted bourbon in small batches of 8 to 12 barrels at a time.

It’s typically aged for up to 6 years. While we lose about 5% of the spirit each year to evaporation, or “the Angel’s Share,” what’s left behind after we’re done is truly worthy of envy.

Once it’s deemed ready, we finish our bourbon in ruby port wine casks, which adds subtly distinct flavor nuances that enhance the whiskey without challenging it. Our port finishing process lasts between three to six months, depending on taste.

We use 60-gallon ruby port barrels made from French oak and imported directly from Portugal. This creates a whiskey of unprecedented smoothness, sweetness and balance.

Appearance

Gold color laced with reddish amber hues, nearly copper in tone

Nose

You’ll detect notes of subtle vanilla, raisins, maple syrup and toasted nuts

Palate

Vanilla, ripe fruit, maple syrup, toast and bitter chocolate

Finish

Clean and lingering sweetness with a hint of Madeira that slowly fades

 

Angel’s Envy Cask Strength

Ranked the “Best Spirit in the World” by Spirit Journal, Angel’s Envy Cask Strength Bourbon Finished in Port Barrels is unlike any whiskey you’ve ever tried. Angel’s Envy is releasing fewer than 8,000 bottles of our award-winning Cask Strength this year, so don’t miss your chance to pick up a bottle or two of this rare and delicious spirit.

Perfection is a patient man’s game. So we waited until Angel’s Envy reached the perfect level of maturity. We judge only a handful of barrels exceptional enough for our lengthy finishing process. The result? Even at 124.6 proof, every sip is worth savoring.

A remarkably complex and unfiltered spirit, we suggest you enjoy it neat or with just a splash of water to release the flavor nuances, and perhaps with a few friends who appreciate outstanding whiskey. Angel’s Envy Cask Strength was worth waiting for, now it’s worth sharing.

Appearance

Rich gold with an amber depth

Nose

Rose petals, dense fruitcake, fresh strawberries, cracked black peppercorns, clove

PALATE

Caramel coffee, dried fig, aged tobacco, toasted sourdough bread

FINISH

Rich and buttery, add water to soothe the burn and let the finish linger

Capital Cellars Eclipse Watch Party

by Jonathan Gaby on August 19, 2017

Monday afternoon will be a historic day for the world as we witness a total Solar Eclipse. The path of the eclipse will pass right over Kentucky as the moon will block the sun for a short time. In fact, this is the first total eclipse that will pass over the continental United States in 39 years. The next one won’t happen until 2024.

Capital Cellars Solar Eclipse Watch Party August 2017

Clearly, whenever something special like this happens, Capital Cellars throws a party! Here are the details:

Capital Cellars Solar Eclipse Viewing Party
Time: Monday August 21, 2017 from 12pm-4pm
Where: Capital Cellars, (227 West Broadway, Frankfort)

We will open our Kitchen early at 12-4 for those wishing to get something to eat and we will feature a few special themed drinks:

  • Capitals “Cosmos”
  • Total Eclipse of the Tart
  • Dark and Sunny

Come Downtown for our viewing party!

We will not have eclipse glasses available so this party is officially “B.Y.O.G” Bring Your Own Glasses!

Hope to see you there!

Join the Frankfort Bourbon Society

by Jonathan Gaby on August 19, 2017

On behalf of Capital Cellars and the Frankfort Bourbon Society, we are extending to you the opportunity to join the Frankfort Bourbon Society as a Founding Member.

Join the Frankfort Bourbon Society

Join the Frankfort Bourbon Society now! Become a Founding Member!
We would like to invite anyone who is joining to our first ever social “Whiskey Wednesday” which is 5:30 -7 pm September 13 at Capital Cellars for complimentary food and bourbon tasting.   The second official event is an
after-party on October 13th at Bourbon On Main at 9:30 pm, and all active members plus one guest are invited.

Membership Benefits:

  • Frankfort Bourbon Society bourbon glass snifter
  • Invite to Louisville Bourbon Society events
  • Invite to Lexington Bourbon Society events
  • Discounts on various tours, subscriptions, gift shops, local restaurants (all in-the-works)

Other planned activities:

  • Buffalo Trace Barrel Pick – Weller 107 (possibly)
  • Monthly Whiskey Wednesday Member Social Meetings
  • Four Roses Barrel Pick
  • Private Member Only Tastings of select bourbons
  • VIP Tours of local distilleries
  • Bourbon Expert Guest speakers events
  • Member Selected Bourbon Barrel (mash bill, char level, aging, etc.)
  • Annual meeting with other Kentucky bourbon societies
  • Bourbonanza After Party @ Bourbon On Main

To join, simply click the button below. You’ll get the membership form. Fill out the form and return to the address on the form!


Join the Frankfort Bourbon Society

Tonight Downtown Frankfort is coming alive with our next Downtown Frankfort Concert series, presented by United Bank. Tonight we will hear the band, Lions of Mercury and enjoy friends and family’s company along with all that Downtown Frankfort has to offer, and that means especially Capital Cellars’ wine, bourbon, and food pairings!

Capital Cellars Concert Weekend Wine Tasting - Fontana Candida Frascati - Italy, Two Vines Gewurtztraminer - Washington State, Big Smooth Old Vine Zinfandel - California, Cono Sur *Organic* Cabernet Sauvignon Chile

We would love to see you at our Capital Cellars Concert Weekend Wine Tasting from 4-7pm at our shop located at 227 West Broadway! Here’s some more information for you about Lions of Mercury and the wines we have selected to taste.

Lions of Mercury

lions of mercury band logo

The Lions of Mercury is a local band that formed in the winter of 2014. Its been blue skies and cherry pies ever since. Together we’ve changed at least two or three lives with rock n roll music while playing a nice mix of rock and jam band covers mixed in with a rapidly growing repertoire of original music.  An awesome rock band playing 70’s funk, rock and jam music on a mission to change the world with sweet grooves.

The Lions of Mercury are:

  • Kris Shera – electric guitar
  • Zack Preston – percussions n such
  • Kelly Sparrow – trombone n such
  • Dan Dutton – saxophone
  • JCFL – Bass
  • Jonathan Keeler – Keys

The Wines

Fontana Candida Frascati – Italy
“Fontana Candida Frascati is the most popular Frascati in the world and has been a staple of Roman culture for almost 2,000 years.  The grapes for this dry, clean wine are grown in the porous, volcanic soils located in the Frascati commune near Rome. Rich in potassium, this soil produces plump flavorful grapes. Fontana Candida is the only Frascati producer that uses cold filtration and cold bottling to preserve the wine’s flavor and clarity. This easy-to-drink wine pairs well with salads, pasta, veal, chicken, vegetable soups, mild seafood dishes and mild cheeses.” – Fontana Candida

Two Vines Gewurtztraminer – Washington State
“This fruit-forward wine showcases classic Gewürztraminer characteristics of lychee, dried apricots and hints of rose petal. Subtle spicy-sweet fruit flavors linger through a bright, refreshing finish.” – Two Vines

Big Smooth Old Vine Zinfandel – California
“Bursting with aromas of luscious black cherry, blackberry with hints of toasted coconut and Tahitian vanilla. Silky smooth on the palate with flavors of boysenberry and pomegranate reduction. A powerful body with a satin-like finish.” – Big Smooth Wines

Cono Sur *Organic* Cabernet Sauvignon Chile
“This bright, clean intense ruby red blend boasts good aromatic intensity with notes of cherry and red fruits. Hints of chocolate, coffee, spices, olives and tobacco can also be found. It is a full-bodied wine with fat, smooth tannins best paired with red and white meats, cheeses, nuts and sauces.” – Cono Sur Wines

A Solar Eclipse Wine Tasting – Aug 17th

by Jonathan Gaby on August 17, 2017

A total solar eclipse is a rare cosmic event where the moon passes in front of the sun in orbit. This year, and on August 21st the Solar Eclipse will occur.

Solar Eclipse Wine Tasting: Firesteed Pinot Gris - Oregon, Horseshoe Bend White Jester (White Blend) - KY, Elk Creek Merlot - KY, Duplin Scuppernong NC

In Kentucky, it’s said that Hopkinsville will be a prime location to view the Solar Eclipse and even we’re said to be able to see the eclipse as well. In fact, astronomers and meteorologists alike have plotted the course of the best viewing spot and many states on the route are prime wine producing states.

We here at Capital Cellars think it would be a great time tonight to taste wines that are from those states!

Firesteed Pinot Gris – Oregon
“The 2014 Firesteed Piot Gris’ Pear blossom and Crenshaw melon aromas meld with flavors of tropical fruit and citrus.  Mouthwatering and enticing, its bright acidity and broad texture entwine throughout the wine’s lingering finish.” – Firesteed Cellars

Horseshoe Bend White Jester (White Blend) – KY
“The ultimate sunny day porch sipper. Nice floral notes, light acidity, and a lemon/lime lemonade zest to it.” – Horseshoe Bend Wines

Elk Creek Merlot – KY
“Aged in 100% French oak for 24 months, our Elk Creek Merlot has a dark, ruby purple color, aroma of warm chocolate, taste of rich plum, and layers of both vanilla and spice. Medium bodied and low tannins.” – Elk Creek Wines

Duplin Scuppernong – NC
“This most famous variety of Vitis Rotundifolia is the oldest wine made in America. No southern dinner would have been complete without this delicious sweet wine.” – Duplin Winery

Wine Tasting for Aug 11, 2017 – Great Wines Under $15

by Jonathan Gaby on August 11, 2017

We have made it to the weekend! Our staff hopes that you have an exciting weekend planned with friends and family. Maybe you’re having a BBQ or friends over for dinner. Whatever you have planned, we hope that you will include us in your plans!

Wine Tasting - Wines Under $15 - Manifesto 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, CA, Domaine de la Patience 2015 Chardonnay (unoaked), France, Tormaresca 2014 Neprica, Italy, Bogle 2014 Petite Sirah, CA

Perhaps you’ll be coming to our Friday Wine Tasting from 4-7! You are invited of course! We also hope that you’d consider one of our bottles of wine or bourbon to accompany your BBQ or dinner!

Here’s what we’re tasting tonight. All wines are affordable bottles at less than $14.99 a bottle!

Manifesto 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, CA

“Light, bright, and beautiful, our Sauvignon Blanc is your perfect summer date. Notes of green apple, wildflowers, and honeydew melon are balanced elegantly with rich minerality. Bright acid on the palate creates a lovely tangy apple flavor. Enjoy chilled with fun folks and good food.” – Manifesto Wines

Domaine de la Patience 2015 Chardonnay (unoaked), France

“Pale yellow in the glass with a tart, fruity nose and dynamic mineral scents. The palate opens with crisp citrus and peach flavors that are boosted by vibrant acidity and heady minerality.” – Jenny & François Selection

Tormaresca 2014 Neprica, Italy

“Note a ruby red color with a nose that’s very fruity in character, with dark with light spicy notes of licorice. The mouth presents a wine of good structure, soft, elegant, and with a savory mineral character as well. The notes of red fruit return on the lengthy finish and aftertaste.” – Tormaresca Wines

Bogle 2014 Petite Sirah, CA

“Petite Sirah is known for its concentration and intensity, the 2015 vintage is no exception. Inky purple in the glass, this deeply colored wine resonates with juicy blueberries and hints of freshly turned earth. Succulent and savory notes of dark berries and roasted spices create a supple and mouth-filling texture. Aging in American oak for 12 months captures and concentrates the flavors, leading to a finish with chalky and chewy tannins laced with vanilla, toasted brown sugar and dark cocoa.” – Bogle Winery

We’d love for you to kick off your weekend with us from 4-7 on Friday, August 11, 2017!

We love it when it cools off a bit from our warm and hot summer climate. It means that we get to enjoy a little more time on the porch and deck, and it’s a little more comfortable out on the sidewalk of our shop. We love to see our customers enjoying each other’s company with a wine or bourbon glass in their hand and maybe even bit of food to nibble.

Spanish Wine Tasting - Soto Del Onatil 2015 Viura, Brisios 2014 Tempranillo, Honoro Vera 2015 Garnacha, Borsao 2013 Berola Blend,

This evening on August 10, 2017 from 4-7 we will be tasting all Spanish wines to compliment the slight change in seasons. This is a complimentary tasting, so come see us and experience
some wines from Spain!

Soto Del Onatil 2015 Viura

“Complex and toasted aromas with fresh, vibrant fruits give way to spicy lime, spicy and vanilla toasted oak flavors, fresh acidity, and a refreshing spicy finish. Recommendation: Pairing with lighter meals; goes perfectly with salads, sea food, Japanese, Peruvian, cheeses and more.” – The Spanish Vineyards

Brisios 2014 Tempranillo 

“It is a fruity wine, which tries to express the primary characteristics of the variety Tempranillo from our Estate. It is reinforced by a small wooden step which typically takes around four months. This wine is fruity, creamy and juicy on the palate, fresh with sweet and ripe tannins, that become very pleasant , without hard tannins surround.” – The Spanish Vineyards

Honoro Vera 2015 Garnacha

“It exhibits greater aromatic complexity, richness with mineral and blueberry notes leading to a savory and spicy wine nicely balanced and very easy to drink.” – Bodegas Ateca

Borsao 2013 Berola Blend

“Intense cherry red color. Remarkable aromatic complexity with memories of black fruit and balsamic and toasted touches. Warm and gentle in the mouth, with soft but persistent tannins in perfect balance with the alcohol.” – Bodegas Borsao

We’d love to have you join us for our Spanish wine tasting on Thursday August 10, 2017 from 4-7! We hope to see you there!

 

Whiskey Wednesday – Choose Your Bourbon

by Jonathan Gaby on August 8, 2017

We have to admit. Sometimes it’s hard for us to choose the bourbons we want to feature for our Whiskey Wednesday event at Capital Cellars. We’ve chosen Ryes, we’ve featured full strength cask bourbons, and now, we’re stuck.

whiskey Wednesday Choose your Bourbon

We can’t decide what to feature.  We’re going to feature them all. Yes, every bourbon we have behind our bar and on our menu will be featured. How?

We’re going to do a buy-one-get-one half off pours of bourbon. (the second pour must be of equal or lesser value.)

With over 100 bottles behind our bar, we’re sure that you will find something you like or have not tried yet.

And for our wine drinkers, we’re going to offer a great Australian wine, “Molly Dooker” for $10 a glass. This is a premium wine that we haven’t found anywhere else. From Australia, this is a fruit forward and enticing wine that you really need to taste to believe.

Molly Dooker Wine

Get Stir Krazy on Friday at Capital Cellars!

by Jonathan Gaby on August 3, 2017

The summer is winding down with children going back to school and the climate getting a little cooler, but not much! Are you ready for the weekend? Perhaps you might be going to shop around during the 127 Yard Sale? We are getting ready for another exciting weekend downtown with a concert coming up on Friday!

Get Stir Krazy at Capital Cellars

 

Stir Krazy Lights up the Downtown Skyline!

Tonight, the United Bank Concert Series features Stir Krazy. Stir Krazy is a dance band based in Frankfort. They say, “The Stir Krazy band originates from central Kentucky, and has what it takes to entertain any size crowd! The experienced musicians that make up this band have been honing their skills for a lifetime. The entertainment experience that you will have will have you asking for more…but most importantly have you on the dance floor till you can’t dance no more!”

Who is Stir Krazy? Stir Krazy includes:

  • Tim Riggs, Lead Vocals
  • “J” Hamon, Bass, Vocals
  • Marty Young, Keyboards
  • Rob Peters, Guitars, Vocals
  • John Brown (White Chocolate Thunder), Drums, Vocals

You can find out more about them by going to their website. The concert starts at 7:00PM on the steps of the Old Capital!

Wine Tasting

As always, we are going to have our wine tasting. We have some great wines picked out but I can’t share them with you yet. It’s a bit of a surprise. Will you have tasted them before? The only way to know for sure is to come out and see us on Friday!

Food and Fun

What goes great with a downtown concert? Of course, a nice juicy burger from the grill, or a plump brat boiled in beer and onions and then cooked on the grill. And what goes well with a burger or brat?

Beer! And we have a wide variety of micro breweries to select from as per the usual.

Come on down and have fun, some food, and see your friends on Friday!

 

Wine Tasting for August 3, 2017

by Jonathan Gaby on August 2, 2017

This Thursday we decided to have a little competition. We’re putting Kentucky wines to the test with some wines from way across the country, California.

Wine Tasting for Capital Cellars - Smith-Berry Chardonnay, Chloe Chardonnay, Lover's Leap Cabernet Sauvignon, Slow Press Cabernet Sauvignon

We’re tasting only two varietals. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. One red. One white. Your job is to tell us which is better, wines from our ole Kentucky home, or from that place all the way on the other side of the country. We’ll start pouring at 4pm and stop right at 7pm, unless there’s more call to taste. We hope to see you there!

Smith-Berry Chardonnay

“This full-bodied oaked Chardonnay spends 12-14 months in both French & American Oak giving it a buttery mouth feel.  With tasting notes of vanilla, melon and apricot.  The finish is creamy with enough acidity to keep it bright.” – Smith-Berry Winery

Chloe Chardonnay

“Chloe Sonoma County Chardonnay is crafted from grapes grown primarily in Sonoma’s Russian River Valley. Chloe winemaker Georgetta Dane has highlighted the structure and depth of this fruit by using new and used oak as a secondary presence, rather than the focus, to showcase ripe, clean flavors of fresh citrus, apple and pear, with notes of creamy butter and a hint of vanilla. The resulting wine is exceptionally well-balanced with sophisticated intensity, a creamy mid-palate and long finish. The opulent, rich flavors coaxed from the grapes with soft oak integration is achieved through a combination of stainless steel and oak fermentation. The wine underwent malolactic fermentation and was aged on oak, resulting in an elegant California Chardonnay with a silky finish.” – Chloe Wine Collection

Lover’s Leap Cabernet Sauvignon

“Lovers Leap Cabernet Sauvignon is an elegant Bordeaux-style wine offering an earthy bouquet, giving way to currant, tobacco and spice. French Oak adds a vanilla finish. This is THE wine for people who love rich reds. All Kentucky grown fruit.” – Lovers Leap Winery

Slow Press Cabernet Sauvignon

“Slow Press Cabernet undergoes malolactic fermentation and is then aged in American oak barrels for 9 months. This process delivers bold, concentrated flavors of dark fruits, blackberries and cassis, with notes of tobacco and leather. Its robust structure and firm tannins grip the taste buds, leaving a velvety finish.” – Slow Press Wines